Ravens vs Jets: Updated Odds, Picks, Prediction for NFL Week 1

Ravens vs Jets: Updated Odds, Picks, Prediction for NFL Week 1 article feature image

Steve Nurenberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: Lamar Jackson.

  • The Ravens are favored on the road against the Jets in Week 1.
  • While Zach Wilson is out for New York, Lamar Jackson has a point to prove.
  • Blake Krass breaks down the matchup and makes his betting pick below.

Ravens vs. Jets Odds

Sunday, Sept. 11
1 p.m. ET
Ravens Odds
-108o / -112u
Jets Odds
-108o / -112u
Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute NFL odds here.

Lamar Jackson has officially not signed a contract extension and is now in prove-it mode. If Aaron Judge has taught us anything this baseball season, Jackson is ready to put on a show and prove his worth.

New York will be starting former Raven Joe Flacco at QB as Zach Wilson rehabs his injured knee. The Jets have some really exciting young pieces, but early injury issues could limit their potential. They will also be starting rookie Max Mitchell at RT (George Fant at LT) after veteran Duane Brown went down with a shoulder injury in practice this week.

The Jackson-led Ravens will be looking to make a statement against an inferior Jets team early in the season.

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Ravens vs. Jets Matchup Analysis

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Ravens vs. Jets DVOA Breakdown (Stats from 2021)
Overall DVOA1732
Pass DVOA1632
Rush DVOA1126
Overall DVOA2228
Pass DVOA2730
Rush DVOA154

The Ravens' defense was not the same old Ravens defense last year. They missed star CB Marcus Peters, who was sidelined all season with a torn ACL. Peters is set to return and will be reunited with Marlon Humphrey. With those two in the secondary, Flacco could find it difficult to find any open receivers.

For the Jets' defense, they were dead last in defensive DVOA last season. They made a splash by drafting Sauce Gardner with the fourth overall pick in this year's draft, but he alone can't plug other major holes.

New York's defense has also been practicing against the statue-esque Flacco for the past few weeks, and trying to defend Jackson could not be more different. Ronnie Stanley is listed as doubtful at LT for the Ravens, but all that will do is set up Lamar to roll out to his right and scramble or make throws.

Betting Picks

Jackson will have a chip on his shoulder all season, and against an inexperienced Jets defense, he should come out of the gates on fire. I think New York's defense will improve as the season goes on, but Jackson's dual-threat abilities pose a real threat against them.

For the Jets' offense, the offensive line is a major question mark, which could spell trouble for Flacco. With Peters and Humphrey back together in the Ravens' secondary, Flacco may struggle to find open receivers in the limited time he will be given.

The Ravens took their foot off the gas late last season, but head coach John Harbaugh will have his team ready to play. With so many injuries, young players and an unexpected starting QB, the Jets could take some time to gel. I think that gives the Ravens a major edge to take a lead of a touchdown or more into halftime.

FanDuel QuickSlip: Ravens 1H -3.5 | Bet to -5.5

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